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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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$23,640 — $55,664 USED
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Sedan
4 Seats
18-24 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.8) 9 reviews

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Power
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Exhaust sound (AMG version)

The Bad

  • Long rear doors
  • Adjustable suspension needs more variability (AMG version)
  • Grabby brakes (AMG version)
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
  • Exterior and interior restyling for 2015
  • New nine-speed automatic transmission available
  • New twin-turbo V-6 CLS400 joins lineup
  • Four doors, coupe profile
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

The original Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class revolutionized modern automotive design by promising the sporty dynamics of a coupe with a dash of sedan practicality. For 2015, the CLS is available in three models: the CLS400, CLS550 and the high-performance CLS63 AMG. Prime competitors include the Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

(Skip to details on the: CLS63 AMG)


New for 2015
The CLS-Class' front and rear styling has been updated, as has its cabin design. A new CLS400 base model powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine is available with rear- or all-wheel drive, and the rear-drive CLS550 now has a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 18-inch alloy wheels; 19-inch wheels available
  • Power moonroof 
  • Full LED headlights
  • Available deck-lid spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Room for four with front bucket seats and two rear seats separated by a full-length center console
  • Leather upholstery
  • Real wood trim
  • Multicolor ambient lighting
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Harman Kardon stereo
  • Comand system with navigation
  • Available ventilated front seats, active massaging driver's seat
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available power rear sunshade

Under the Hood

  • CLS400 has a 329-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine
  • CLS550 uses a 402-hp, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters; ni...
Vehicle Overview

The original Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class revolutionized modern automotive design by promising the sporty dynamics of a coupe with a dash of sedan practicality. For 2015, the CLS is available in three models: the CLS400, CLS550 and the high-performance CLS63 AMG. Prime competitors include the Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

(Skip to details on the: CLS63 AMG)


New for 2015
The CLS-Class' front and rear styling has been updated, as has its cabin design. A new CLS400 base model powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine is available with rear- or all-wheel drive, and the rear-drive CLS550 now has a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 18-inch alloy wheels; 19-inch wheels available
  • Power moonroof 
  • Full LED headlights
  • Available deck-lid spoiler

Interior Highlights

  • Room for four with front bucket seats and two rear seats separated by a full-length center console
  • Leather upholstery
  • Real wood trim
  • Multicolor ambient lighting
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Harman Kardon stereo
  • Comand system with navigation
  • Available ventilated front seats, active massaging driver's seat
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available power rear sunshade

Under the Hood

  • CLS400 has a 329-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine
  • CLS550 uses a 402-hp, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters; nine-speed automatic for rear-drive CLS550
  • Available all-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Collision prevention system with autonomous braking
  • Active front head restraints
  • Attention Assist monitors driving behavior for signs of drowsiness
  • Available blind spot warning system and lane departure warning and prevention
  • Available front and rear parking sensors

CLS63 AMG
The CLS63 AMG performance car has all-wheel drive and is powered by a hand-built twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 engine that's rated at 577 hp.

What's Special

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission with aluminum shift paddles
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology
  • AMG adaptive sport suspension
  • AMG sport exhaust system
  • Full LED headlights
  • Available carbon fiber lip spoiler

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
9 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.2)
(5.0)

At 6 months of ownership

by Ride from Houston Texas on November 11, 2018

After 6 months and 8000 miles this car still lights me up every time I get in it. I've had zero issues and am finally starting to realize the full potential of this amazing machine. It would be ... Read full review

(5.0)

Beautiful car

by Kings from Bowie md on June 7, 2018

It’s very comfortable and very stable on high speed. The brakes are magical. The fastness is amazing. It’s definitely worth to get. The steering is very soft and easy to get control of while on high ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CLS-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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